COUNTY NOW HAS 38 TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES!!

By William

MCPHERSON – In the most recent media release by the McPherson County Health Department on Tuesday morning, McPherson County has shown a sharp upward movement as they now have reported 38 total reported confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the County.

Of those 38, 26 of the total confirmed cases have now met the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment while one remains hospitalized at this time.

NEW CASE INFORMATION:

  • The first newest positive case is a male under the age of 18 who is now currently recovering at home and has a known exposure to a previous positive case.
  • The second newest positive case is a female under the age of 18 who is now currently recovering at home and has a known exposure to a previous positive case.
  • The third newest positive case is a female under the age of 18 who is now currently recovering at home and has a known exposure to a previous positive case.
  • The fourth newest positive case is a female under the age of 18 who is now currently recovering at home and has a known exposure to a previous positive case.
  • The fifth newest positive case is a female under the age of 18 who is now currently recovering at home and has a known exposure to a previous positive case.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: All five of the newest positive case are household members of a positive case related to a cluster at a private company within McPherson County.

Facility-wide testing is taking place to identify any asymptomatic carriers. This private company does not have general public access to their facility – therefore, the location will not be released.

Staff at this company have been contacted and are aware of the situation.

As the McPherson County Health Department wants to remind everyone – LET THIS SERVE AS A REMINDER that COVID-19 is still present in our communities, so please stay home if you are ill and maintain your distance when you are around others!

REMINDER: Symptoms for COVID-19 will normally appear 2-14 days after exposure and will most likely include fever, cough, shortness of breath, malaise, a sore throat, chills, and diarrhea.

Be sure to contact your health care provider and you must stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms started or for 72 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of fever reducing medications) and with a significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer.

REMINDER # 2: If you develop symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, please call your local hospital or the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email them at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us.

REMINDER # 3:  Both the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the McPherson County Health Department continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansas folks if you have done any of the following:

  • On or after March 15: have traveled to or from New York.
  • On or after March 15: have traveled to or from any destination internationally.
  • On or after March 15: have traveled or been on a cruise ship or river cruise.
  • On or after March 23: have traveled to or from Illinois or New Jersey.
  • On or after April 6: have traveled to or from Connecticut.
  • On or after April 30: have traveled to or from Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
  • On or after May 12: have traveled to or from Maryland.

REMINDER UPDATE: We are now in PHASE 3 of REOPENING KANSAS!

The McPherson County Health Department has updated local recommendations to reflect the phase. The documents can be found at www.mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page, under “COVID-19: REOPENING MCPHERSON COUNTY”.

McPherson County residents are encouraged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

  • Following Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas and McPherson County (as found at mcphersoncountyks.us).
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Avoiding gatherings in groups greater than 45-people.
  • WEARING CLOTH FACE COVERINGS or homemade masks WHEN IN PUBLIC!
  • Practicing cough etiquette and washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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